June 10 – (I Kgs. 8-9) During the dedication of the temple, Solomon reminded the people of what they needed to do to keep God’s presence and favor (9:1-9).  Now God is reminding Solomon again what he needs to do for his family to continue to reign.  You’ll notice that before today’s reading is done, Solomon has not remembered God’s commands and his sons will be reaping what he has chosen to sow in disobedience.  How sad…but I ask myself: “What am I reaping today?”  Selah 


June 11 – (I Kgs. 10-11) Why were 10 tribes taken from Solomon? Specifically, what gods were allowed to be worshiped (11:5-8)? Not only were they worshiped but Solomon built high places for these gods. Can you relate these gods to any cults or things the world worships today?

            DID YOU KNOW?  Ashtoreth is the biblical name for Astarte.  At ancient Ugarit in Syria, the planet Venus was worshiped as Astarte.  Milcom was a god of the underworld. Chemosh was the chief god of the Moabites. Molech may be the same as Milcom in 11:5. The Bible associates Molech with child sacrifice.

 


June 12 – (I Kgs. 12 -14) Let’s recap: Solomon has built the temple for the Lord and dedicated it.  God’s second appearance to Solomon states again that God will bless Solomon if he follows God’s commands but if he follows after other gods, destruction will follow. A chapter later we read the sad news that Solomon did turn his heart from the Lord and now we jump in to adversaries against Solomon.  In other words, what God says He will do HE WILL DO!  Our choices do affect us whether we obey Him or disobey Him.  Selah!

            The prophet Ahijah spoke to Jeroboam and told him that God would give him 10 tribes of Israel because of Solomon’s unfaithfulness.  Therefore, Jeroboam rebelled against the king. King Solomon sought to kill Jeroboam, so he fled to Egypt until the death of Solomon.  (A lot of people fled to Egypt throughout Israel’s history, didn’t they?)  Hmm

            Jeroboam tried to lead Israel, but we see quite quickly he went off course.  It’s interesting that he built 2 golden calves.  You would have thought he would have remembered what happened when Aaron tried that!  It reminds me that when God chooses us for something, we need to be very careful to be listening to Him in how He wants us to do it.  Hearing His assignment is first and foremost. Carrying it out in HIS way is just as important!  Selah

            Chapter 13 is very intimidating to me. Here is a prophet who obeyed God and did what God said to do and yet died because he believed another prophet.  Hmmm, I guess it tells me it is very important to listen only to God and obey Him only! 

            We also have Rehoboam’s reign in Judah.  He did not worship God either. King Shishak, King of Egypt came and took the treasures of the house of the Lord and of the king’s house.  Rehoboam and Jeroboam were at war all of their days.

 


June 13 – (I Kgs. 15-17) In the 20th year of Jeroboam’s reign of Israel, Asa became king over Judah.  Asa did what was right in God’s sight.  He undoubtedly faced opposition as he tore down the nations’ idols.  He made unpopular decisions but remained faithful to God all his life.

            We then see many kings over Israel while Asa remains over Judah.  Elijah prophesied to Ahab about the coming drought.  He then went and hid while ravens fed him.  There are so many things to get out of this. Anyone want to share?  


June 14 – (I Kgs. 18-20) After Elijah’s big victory where God proved He was above the Baal and Asherah gods, how did Elijah react?  How did the Lord encourage Elijah during this depression?  Does this ever happen to you after a big spiritual victory?  Know that you are not alone and go to the Lord’s Word for encouragement! Also remember that we don’t realize a “big spiritual victory” without first having a “big spiritual battle”! 


June 15 – (I Kgs. 21-22) Ahab made many evil choices but what popped out at me was 21:28 – 29.  What does it say to me? When we sin and then repent, God is right there.  We may still reap a harvest of that sin we have sowed but God is right there at repentance to walk us through it and even in His wisdom may reduce what should have been reaped.  “Thank you, Lord, for Your mercy and grace!”           


June 16 – (2 Kgs. 1-3) Jehoshaphat (son of Asa) became king over Judah in the 4th year of Ahab as king of Israel. He followed his father’s ways in doing what was right in God’s eyes.  He also made friends with Israel. Ahaziah (son of Ahab) became king of Israel in the 17th year of Jehoshaphat’s reign in Judah.

            It’s rather hard to follow who joined with whom to battle against someone else but bottom line is that God will do what He has said. The circumstances are different, but the result is the same. God does what He says He will do but it is in His time and in His way.  Trust Him in all things, that He is working things for our good and His glory